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OF COUNSEL – TRUSTED CHICAGO DIVORCE & FAMILY LAWYERS

Ward Family Law, LLC is a team of seasoned and experienced lawyers with a vast array of areas of expertise within the matrimonial and family law field.  Jennifer R. Ward, the Founder of Ward Family Law, LLC hand selects the best litigators, mediators, Guardian Ad Litems, Child Representatives, and Collaborative Law professionals to work with on cases in an Of Counsel capacity.  This term, Of Counsel, is applied in the practice of law to an attorney who works with a law firm participating in a case on a customized basis, creating a close and continuing legal relationship with the law firm and its team while also allowing the Of Counsel attorney to pursue other interests or cases outside of the day-to-day work of one particular law firm.  Being Of Counsel notes prestige, experience, and expertise in certain areas of the family and matrimonial law practice that further denotes a lawyer with the experience of a partner, but who does not carry the same workload or business development responsibilities.

Lindsay B. Coleman, Of Counsel

Lindsay B. Coleman, Of Counsel, has significant matrimonial and family law experience including court appointments as a guardian ad litem, is a certified mediator and a collaborative law fellow. Ms. Coleman graduated from Miami University at Oxford, Ohio in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (pre-law) and Communication and with Minors in Ethics, Sociology, and Philosophy. While a student a Miami University, Ms. Coleman underwent the forty (40) hour mediation training with Conflict Resolution Services and Violence Prevention Program located at Hamilton Municipal Court to become a certified mediator for the court system. The following semester, she was the co-supervisor and co-trainer of the program. Also, Ms. Coleman was a double Division I athlete and actively involved in her social sorority, holding a handful of leadership positions as co-chairs regarding philanthropy and vice presidency.

After graduating from Miami University, Ms. Coleman proceeded to attend law school at the University of Missouri – Columbia, Missouri, receiving a Juris Doctorate (JD) in 2002. While in law school, Ms. Coleman was an Assistant State’s Attorney at Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office in Waukegan, in part, as an Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711. Ms. Coleman is licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois and in the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois.

Ms. Coleman’s legal expertise focuses on all aspects of Family and Domestic Relations Law, including but not limited to divorce, parentage, post-decree matters, and grandparents’ rights cases. She is extensively involved in representing children as a Guardian Ad Litem (“GAL”) and/or Child’s Representative. In addition to extensive litigation, Ms. Coleman is certified as a mediator, both court-appointed and agreed upon, as well as trained in the area of collaborative law as an option for resolving cases.

Ms. Coleman holds Make-a-Wish close to her heart, giving time and toys to the children of the Chicagoland area. Further, she gives her time to the community by putting together and presenting seminars for both colleagues and members of the community relative to Domestic Relations and Collaborative Law with being a Fellow with the Collaborative Institute of Illinois so as to educate others with current legal topics.

Her Professional Affiliations are as Follows:
  • Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois (2015 to Present)
  • Modest Means Committee Member (2018 to Present)
  • Social Committee Member (2017 to 2019)
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (2015 to Present)
  • Illinois State Bar Association (2002 to Present)
  • Lake County Bar Association (2002 to Present)
  • Association of Women Attorneys of Lake County
  • Officer on the Board of Directors: 2002 to 2003
  • National Association of Professional Women (Received National Recognition in 2011)

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